After worker’s killing, BJP protest security withdrawal

After worker’s killing, BJP protest security withdrawal

SRINAGAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers held a protest here Tuesday in against the recent killing of a senior party worker Gul Mohammad Mir and sought adequate security to political workers facing threat.
Scores of BJP workers assembled at the Press Enclave and demanded protection to their workers. The protests were led by BJP state general secretary Ashok Kaul.
An elderly BJP worker, Mir was killed in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district last week.
Mir was among the political activists whose security had been withdrawn by state after a reassessment.
General secretary Kaul said he was surrendering his security as a mark of protest till all political activists were provided security.
“Ghulam Mohammad Mir was given security in June 2018 after we requested the government . A constable and a SPO were provided to him. But unfortunately, the constable was withdrawn in December 2018,” Kaul said.
He added that he had personally approached SSP Anantnag and SHO Verinag asking them not to withdraw Mir’s security.
Kaul demanded the arrest of those involved in the killing of Mir and asked the government to provide security to all political activists in the Kashmir valley.
He left his security guard in the Press Enclave and left the spot in an auto rickshaw, stating that if the party workers can’t have security cover, he too will not ask for it.
Mir had been shot dead by unknown gunmen in his house at Nowgam-Verinag in Anantnag district of south Kashmir late Saturday night.